From the editor – Summer 2010

by Adrian Giordani

I, Science is back for one more run! And what an issue we have in store for you. If, like me, you’ve been enjoying the World Cup, take a breather from the disappointment and excitement, and pick up the latest I, Science issue. Read the exclusive interview I had with Dr. Simon Singh about his recent libel case win with the British Chiropractic Association. Also, discover the scientific controversy surrounding the Icelandic volcano, ‘Eyjafjallajokull’ and the terrible consequences of what is possibly the worst man made oil spill in history. Find out the science that could make the possibility of mechanical devices move independently of electricity and how science is both ‘hero and villain’ in the world of high performance sport.

With the prevalence of pseudo-scientific theories such as homeopathy, scientology and creationism, it is now more important than ever to differentiate fact from fiction. Through peer review, open public debate and intellectual scrutiny, dubious ideologies should be put to the test. One would think rationality would prevail but humans are also inherently irrational. The majority of people behind pseudo-scientific / denialist theories are well organised, maybe conventional science should adapt this trend if they want their voice to be heard.

Check out the latest science communication news and features on our website at http://dougal.union.ic.ac.uk/media/iscience/. You can email us your constructive comments / criticisms about this issue and for any other questions at i.science@imperial.ac.uk, or post them on Twitter: http://twitter.com/I_science_mag.

I also wish to thank all our proof-reading, illustrating, producing and writing staff for their original contributions. I previously mentioned that the last issue was our final publication, so let me categorically confirm that this issue is really the last I, Science magazine from the current team. As our tenure is up, we hope you’ve enjoyed our science news and features throughout the academic year. I’ve personally enjoyed every minute of it and I hope next year’s I, Science team will maintain and improve upon its quality and dedication – have a great summer and farewell from I, Science 2009/2010.

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